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With the return of rental dumpster, we turned a corner to start rebuilding.


Full Dumpster

I did not think we would fill up a 20 yard dumpster. Not only did we fill up, but we were over weight by 2 tons! The debris was floor tiles, floor linoleum, floor carpet, drywall, plywood and some yard waste. There was quarter container of left over “stuff” from the previous owner in the attic. A little over jealous tree pruning saw an entire backyard of branches. These could not fit in the dumpster. The gentleman who picked up a good quantity of scrap metal, from this property, was more than happy to oblige with his trailer.


Full Trailer

After what seemed like forever, the roof was finally done. It wasn’t the time to install that roof, it was waiting for Lake County to issue a permit. Okay, let me clarify. For whatever reason the “processor” sent the deed to Orange County for recording. Throw in holiday festivities and no one was really too concerned that this house needed a roof. Finally after my realtor, Ryan Rogers from Keller Williams Classic Realty, got to the bottom of it, we got a recorded deed and permit was issued. All Ways Roofing came out on top of the pile of bidders. They are a small local Clermont company who have been in roofing installation for 9 years. However, the owner John has been delivering roofing material for his dad’s company to Clermont since his high school days. Even more tight knight, Marty the foreman is John’s best friend from high school. One step further, 3 of Marty’s sons make up one crew. The other crew was the most efficient, dedicated, cordial, hard working group of Latin Americans I’ve seen on a job site. In a few days, they banged out an architectural shingle roof of Owens Corning Beachwood Sand.


Roof Installation in Progress

Now that the roof is done, interior drywall fixes shifts into high gear. Removing walls that divided living, dining and kitchen opened the space to one gigantic open concept. A new stand alone island will create a main focal point for gathering and entertaining.

Walls are all gone

Walls are all gone

Poking the bear never results in anything good. In this case, replacing a few tiles to make a greater impact in the master bathroom revealed a serious leakage issue that damaged most of the shower. Since I’m going to tackle the shower anyway, I figured removing an old garden tub would create a larger open shower. There is a hot tub in the Florida room which should satisfy any soakers.

Open Master Shower ready for tiles

Open Master Shower ready for tiles

Marty, the roofing foreman, reframed and shored up the work shop out back. Drywalling this shed will create a space that could be another work shop, man cave, gardening center, secret hideout, the possibillities are endless.

Sad little shed, but wait....

Sad little shed, but wait….

Here is a sneak peek at the floor. I’m so excited to incorporate some of Ole Florida into this design.

Driftwood Inspiration

Driftwood Inspiration